Guys Only Weekend

IMG_1409A bi-annual weekend retreat to provide young men with tools to navigate today’s changing society as people of faith. Specifically we’ll be talking about male identity and healthy relationships and consent. Join us for this inaugural weekend!!

Registration forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/guysonly2017

We’ll be showing the documentary film, The Mask You Live In. The film includes frank discussion related to sexuality, homophobia, sexism, pornography, abuse, suicide, rape, drinking and drug use. All of this material is accompanied by sobering statistics, but the ultimate message is one of hope; if kids can be raised to reject outdated/limiting roles, we can all help boys forge new identities as men, husbands, friends, and fathers. We believe these are serious, vital topics, that aren’t discussed enough and are incredibly important to how we act as Christians and our efforts to love our neighbor. Please read the review about the film on Common Sense Media before signing your child up to attend this event. The film is also available to view on Netflix if you’d like to screen it in advance.

When: Friday, June 30, 7 pm – Sunday, July 2, 2017, 11 am
Where: St. Margaret’s, 5700 W. 6th St., Lawrence, KS
Who: Youth males in grades 9-12 (for the 2017-18 school year)
Fee: $50 ($65 after June 21)
Registration forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/guysonly2017
Poster: Guys Only Weekend

Note: We’ll be going swimming (with the Girls’ Only Weekend participants), so bring a swim suit and a towel!

From The Representation Project:

“Research shows that compared to girls, boys are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.

Throughout their lives, boys and young men confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and resolve conflict through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

We need to change the national conversation around healthy masculinity by holding each other accountable. Let’s call out those who are reinforcing toxic norms while celebrating those who are modeling healthy masculinity. Together, we can build a world free of limiting stereotypes, gender norms, and social injustices.”

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